Hazardous waste generated by a household – including single and multiple residences, hotels and motels, bunkhouses, ranger stations, crew quarters, campgrounds, picnic grounds and day-use recreation areas – is specifically excluded from regulation as a hazardous waste at 40 CFR 261.4(b)(1), review my presentation: The Household Waste Exclusion from Definition as a Hazardous Waste [40 CFR 261.4(b)(1)]. That doesn’t mean you can – or should – throw all of your dangerous household waste into the trash. Many states and communities organize Household Hazardous Waste Collection sites as a way to gather and properly dispose of hazardous waste generated in households, and Illinois is no exception. Recently announced in the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) Citizens’ Bulletin (Fall 2014) are the remaining dates and locations for Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events in 2014 and the locations, hour-of-operation and phone numbers for the four (4) long-term household hazardous waste collection facilities it supports.
If you live in Illinois, desire to ensure the proper disposal of any household hazardous waste, but don’t want to hold on to it all in your basement until 2015, I suggest you do what you can to make it to one of these locations.
And don’t try to take in any waste – hazardous or otherwise – from your place of business!
Hazardous waste generated in and shipped from a household by a private citizen does not require RCRA Training or HazMat Employee Training. Such activity from a business does mandate such training. After you’ve ensured the proper disposal of your household hazardous waste, contact me for a free training consultation regarding the hazardous waste you generate at your employer.
Illinois EPA Fall Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events
The remaining household hazardous waste collections scheduled for the fall of 2014 are included below. Through household hazardous waste collections, citizens are given the opportunity to safely dispose of unused or leftover household products commonly found in homes, basements and garages.
Each one-day collection is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the specified Saturday:
- September 27, 2014 Monticello, 904 Allerton Road, Piatt County
- October 4, 2014 Lombard, Village of Lombard Public Works, 1051 South Hammerschmidt Avenue, DuPage County
- October 11, 2014 Lincoln, County Fairgrounds, 1408 Short 11th Street, Logan County
- October 18, 2014 Oregon, 421 West Pines Road, Ogle County
In addition to the above one-day collections, the Illinois EPA also continues to support the following long-term collection facilities:
- Naperville, Fire Station #4, 1971 Brookdale Road, DuPage County Hours: Saturdays 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Sundays 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Phone: 630-420-6095
- Rockford, Rock River Reclamation District, 3333 Kishwaukee, Winnebago County Hours: Saturdays8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Sundays Noon – 4:00 PM, Phone: 815-987-5570
- Chicago, Goose Island, 1150 North Branch, Cook County Hours: Tuesdays 7:00 AM – Noon, Thursdays 2:00 AM – 7:00 PM, and First Saturday of every month 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Phone: 312-744-7672
- Gurnee, 1311 N. Estes Street, Lake County *Other collections are held through the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (SWALCO). Contact SWALCO by phone: 847-336-9340 or website:www.swalco.org for more information.